Continental rotates personnel in commercial tire division

FORT MILL, S.C. — Continental Tire’s Commercial Vehicle Tire Division will have a couple of familiar faces in new places.

Thomas Fanning, currently director of original equipment sales the Americas, has been selected as the division’s director of replacement sales for NAFTA.

Fanning assumes the role currently held by Shaun Uys, who is returning to his home country of South Africa to pursue other opportunities within Continental’s rubber group.

"Shaun has been an instrumental part of determining our new direction and approach and I cannot say enough positives about his role here to do him justice. We will miss his contribution," said Paul Williams, executive vice president – Truck the Americas.

As director of replacement sales, Fanning will be responsible for strategic selling initiatives across dealer and fleet channels for the Continental, General, Ameri*Steel, Euzkadi and associated brands.

Fanning had served as director of the original equipment unit since 2007. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Fanning holds a bachelor of science in business management and entrepreneurship. He is also a veteran of the United States Army National Guard, having served in active duty during the Persian Gulf War.

Succeeding Fanning as director of original equipment sales is Wes Garber. Garber also continues in his role as chairman of the board of directors of the joint venture which produces commercial vehicle tires as the GTY Tire Company in Mt. Vernon, Ill. Garber most recently held the position of controller for the truck tire business unit of CTA.

Garber will be replaced as controller by Kristian Klotz, who is relocating from Continental’s central controlling in Hannover, Germany.

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